Kitchen Cabinets Door Refacing for Do-It-Yourselfers
by Greg Keefer
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
Kitchen cabinets door refacing is easy if you have the tools you need. The amount of money saved can be considerable if you choose to do the job yourself over hiring a cabinetry professional to do the work for you.
The first order of business is making sure you have the right tools and supplies before you begin. Here's a look at the basic things you'll need.
Tools and Supplies to Reface Kitchen Cabinets, Doors and Frames
- Old Cabinet Surface Remover. A chemical remover of stain or paint saves you a lot of work. Don't skimp on the price. Good removers cost more than their inexpensive, and less effective, counterparts.
- Metal Scrapers. Chemical removers won't take it all off. Have metal scrapers available in 1-inch and 3-inch sizes. Scrapers come in handy on those inside corners and edges of raised or recessed panels on cabinet doors. Scrapers are also useful in removing old veneer. Keep the edges sharp or use replaceable blades.
- Electric Screwdriver. A quality cordless electric screwdriver made by a dependable manufacturer such as Bosch, CP, Hitachi Koki, Mos Industrie, or Stanley, makes the job of removing cabinet doors a breeze. Have both a Phillips and a flathead attachment available.
- Sand Paper. Several grits of sand paper should be kept on hand. Course grits are used for removing stain and paint and smoothing rough surfaces and edges. Fine grit sandpaper is the finishing touch to smooth wood surfaces and lightly scratch old painted cabinetry so that new paint will adhere properly.
- Clean Cotton Cloths. You think you'll never need a cloth but a mess of some sort always occurs. In addition to soaking up excess stain remover, specially formulated cloths designed to pick up household or shop dust do a good job of picking up sanding dust.
Kitchen cabinets door refacing projects improve the beauty of your home in very little time. Set aside a weekend, gather a few tools, and you're well on your way to a job well done. Sources:
About the Author
Greg Keefer is a do-it-yourselfer with lots of experience in how to do things right and how to do them wrong. He enjoys sharing his experience with the hope of
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